Today's AHT reader recommendation comes from Lara B. (aka Leebo on AHT/Serious Eats). You can also check out her pizza review on Slice. Thanks, Lara! If you want to share some burger intel, here's how to do it. —The Mgmt.
The Fox and Hounds Pub
11100 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, CA 91604 (map); 818-763-7837; thefoxandhounds.com
Cooking Method: Grilled to order
Short Order: A gourmet pub burger at an affordable price.
Want Fries With That? Yes, please! Steak fries are their chip of choice.
Price:1/2-pound beef burger with cheddar cheese and side, $8
Notes: Thursday is burger night. Premier or Champion League burgers with side for $9
A good burger is hard to find. A great burger can be even more elusive. But sometimes, the best of burgers can be hiding right under one's very nose. Such was the case with a recent burger revelation at my favorite local watering hole, The Fox and Hounds Pub in Studio City, California. With its brass door handle having been well-polished since 1997, this English pub is known for an impressive selection of draft beers and ales and delicious British fare (all made in-house), which includes a popular Full Monty breakfast served all day. Also, their addicting appetizers are half price during a very happy hour (weekdays, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.). For these reasons, I had never paid much attention to their burger offerings—until now. So follow me across the pond and over the Hollywood hills to pub burger bliss.
The Fox and Hounds Pub offers a selection of five 8-ounce burgers, one 16-ounce double meat, and a veggie burger. They source their never frozen beef from a local specialty meat company who grinds the meat to their specifications and delivers to them several times a week. Each burger is grilled to order, perfectly seasoned with salt and pepper, and flipped on the grill four times (I asked), creating the classic cross marks on each side.
The result for my requested medium rare burger is a moist interior with an exterior crust that seals in just the right amount of juiciness. While the lower bun is slightly affected by the weight and juiciness of the meat, it never loses its full integrity. The burgers are served open faced on a grilled sesame seed bun with cheddar cheese, romaine lettuce, tomato, onion and dill pickles. Customers can build their own burgers at their table with the choice and amount of ingredients provided. Because the burgers are served plain (except for the side of ketchup for the fries) you will need to ask for your favorite condiments.
While you are offered a choice of a salad or steak fries (chips) as a side with your burger, I do recommend the more classic choice of fries. They are light and fluffy on the inside and fried to golden perfection.
All of which proves, even in a place known for darts, football (soccer), and ales, you never really know where a great classic American burger may be hiding. And if you are ever in the vicinity of this neighborhood meeting place whose motto is "Call Frequently, Drink Moderately, Pay Honorably, Part Friendly..." do yourself a favor and order a burger and chips with your pint before "Going Home Quietly." —Leebo